It doesn’t look like much–just a couple of rickety tables and an ancient scale–but the little farm stand at Valley End Farm (supplier to Planet Organics) sells great produce cheap and amazingly fresh. Crane melons and heirloom tomatoes are incredibly fragrant, and when all the zucchini or summer squash has been sold, they go out back and pick a few more to replenish the supply. Everything is $1 a pound–including Brandywine tomatoes. The juicy, fresh elephant garlic is 50 cents a head and it caramelizes beautifully, probably from the higher-than-usual sugar content. Everything is fresh, tasty, and easy on the budget.
Valley End Farm [Sonoma County]
6300 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa